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“I am so sorry for your loss. Colleen was a great boss when I worked for her at Ruth Originals in the sample department. Always with a smile on her...Read More »
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“So sorry to,hear about the passing of Colleen. My heart goes out to the family. Mother thought the world of her. They truly enjoyed working together....Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Diane Nichols Gilliland

“We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Colleen. Our hearts go out to all of the loving family members. She was such a loving person to all who...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Tommy and Diane Grant - NC

“Pat:I am very sorry for the loss of you mother. She was blessed to have you there for her. What a joy to know she is free from all pain and at peace...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: susan falk - Gastonia, NC

“So sorry to hear about Colleen's passing. Thoughts and prayers for the days ahead. Take care..... ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Christie Houser - Fletcher, NC

“Lewis family, may God hold you in his arms as you face these difficult times. So many fond memories of our time together at Ruth Originals and as...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Erma Huntley Rhodes - NC

“We are sorry. Prayers for God's comfort and peace Brenda, Pat, Terry, and all the family and friends. Colleen will be missed, but I am so thankful...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: H.E. and Nellie Wilkie - Fletcher, NC

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Ray Justus - Edneyville, NC

“I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Colleen for a short time and she was a sweet and caring person. Much love to the family. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Marie McMinn - Hendersonville, NC

“Pat, so sorry to read about the passing of your mother. I have you and your family in my prayers. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Debbie Rogers Jones - NC

“So sorry to hear of Colleen's passing. Although I didn't know her that well, I always appreciated her wave to me when she was sitting on the porch at...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Dale Shope - Gastonia, NC

“So glad we had the pleasure of getting to know Colleen she was a very special lady. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Doug&Pam cox - Flat Rock, NC

“Prayers for the family. May God be with you during this difficult time. Jesse and Erin Moffitt ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Jesse Moffitt - Fletcher, NC

“Heaven grows sweeter as our precious saints go before us. I am so thankful for the eternal hope I can have to see my loved ones again! ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Mrs Heather Templeton - Asheville, NC


Colleen L. Lewis
1930 - 2018

Colleen Lanning Lewis, 87, of Fruitland passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, January 11, 2018.

She was born September 10, 1930 in Henderson County to the late Plato Lee Lanning and Nellie Henderson Lanning. Colleen married Walter Thomas Lewis on June 28, 1946.

She was retired from Ruth Originals and Young Generations. She was a talented seamstress, who designed and made sample dresses that were showcased in New York design shows. She will be remembered by those who loved her for her love for cooking and all the family meals she prepared with love. She was a survivor of cervical cancer for 48 years. She was a member of Fletcher First Baptist Church and she was a devout Christian. Colleen was a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Tom Lewis and brothers Horace Lanning and Virgil Lanning. She lived her entire life on her family farm in Fruitland except for the last three years when she could no longer take care of herself and resided with her daughter Patricia Lewis Trotter and her husband Gary of Gastonia. She is also survived by her other two daughters, Brenda Lewis Lisenbee and her husband, Norman, of Arden, and Terry Lewis Smith and her husband, Ed, of Lexington SC, as well as 5 grandchildren, Tammy Youngblood (David), Chuck Lisenbee, Sean Nix (Amalia), Aaron Lisenbee (Amber) and Austin Trotter (Emily); 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild.

Celebration of Life will be Saturday, January 13th at 1:00 pm at Fletcher First Baptist in Fletcher, NC. The Family will receive family and friends 30 minutes prior to service. Interment will immediately follow at Lanning-Pittillo Cemetery in Fruitland.

The family would like to thank Gaston Hospice for the excellent care they provided in her last days.

Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the Family.

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Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service
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